Not all glitz and glamour, but the Browns love show life

SHOWTIME: Fifth generation of Brown Golden Way Rides sets up the new Avenger ride at Bundaberg Recreational Precinct in preperation for the 2015 Bundaberg Show. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SHOWTIME: Fifth generation of Brown Golden Way Rides sets up the new Avenger ride at Bundaberg Recreational Precinct in preperation for the 2015 Bundaberg Show. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

THE Bundaberg Show is in town for the 122nd time bringing the thrills and spills, show bags and smiles with it.

For one family the show is their life after being involved for the past 110 years, passing the business down from generation to generation.

Caine Brown from Brown Golden Way Rides said he is a fifth generation 'carnie' and his daughter who travels with them would like be the sixth.

"My family started in the show industry in 1905 here in Australia," Mr Brown said.

"It's a real family business and we wouldn't have it any other way."

Mr Brown who owns and operates the new Avenger thrill ride, along with other amusement rides, said he worked next to his brother, and his parents, wife and daughter were all present at camp.

"This is our tradition, it's a lifestyle and I wouldn't have it any other way," he said.

"I was lucky enough to travel with my parents until I was five-years-old - school age, then I stayed with my grandparents while my parents travelled with the shows.

"I finished my HSC (High School Certificate) but found my way back here.

"Don't get me wrong it's not all glitz and glamour but I love it."

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The 33-year-old said it was the second time the Avenger ride had been at a show and was sure to draw a crowd with it being one of the fastest.

"It's a new ride I had made in the Netherlands and we are all excited as the Maryborough show was its first run and this is the second," Mr Brown said.

"It's nearly $2 million worth so definitely my pride and joy."

He said the rides were a lot easier to set up these days with safety being key.

"Everything is looked after by computers now," Mr Brown said.

"It won't go unless all the safety belts are fastened and every aspect is checked."

"So if you want a scary ride come down it will scare the pants off you."

Along with the excitement of the carnival rides you can head over to the pavilion where you will find a mix of food to tempt the taste buds and artwork to catch your eye.

Bundaberg's Jakes Candy has been in the local community for the past 40 years and the founder's son, Paul Jacobsen, follows the show circuit all the way up to Mossman down to Toowoomba and Dalby.

"My wife and I are the mobile version on Jakes Candy and travel all over Queensland with the show circuit," Mr Jacobsen said.

"Jakes is very well known in Queensland and we love travelling withe the show."

Also inside the pavilion you will find handcrafted dolls, pottery, dioramas and a selection of baked goods.

Chief steward Shirley Baldwin said the quality of the cooking was right up there, especially the amazing cake decorations.

"We have had record breaking entries in the cookery this year," Mrs Baldwin said.

"There are different themes with everything from miniature cakes to wedding cakes all presented for judging."

And as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, the theme for many of the show stalls, including the handmade dolls, was Anzac themed.

Bundaberg Doll Club treasurer Pat Jesse said she had been making dolls for 12-13 years and was honoured to make a doll to resemble her grandfather this year.

"My grandfather was a Light Horseman in Africa so my doll is to symbolise him," she said.

Show Society president Wendy Driver said the show was looking to bigger and better than previous years.

"Let's hope in years to come this will be the country version of the big Sydney show," Mrs Driver said.


Adults: $18

Students under 19: $15

Students under 16: $10

Pensioners: $12

Over-75s: Free

Under-5s: Free


When: Gates open 8am today-Friday

Where: Bundaberg Recreational Preinct via University Dr

Contact: 4155 0802 or visit www.bundaberg

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